Rik on Sustainable and Meaningful Living

Practice using your IMAGINATION to create your own idea of what the BEST WORLD looks like.

Share your vision with someone. Ask them to do the same. THAT is how we get there (BEST WORLD). Pass it on.

Here is an example of how ‘superabundance’ is spreading around the world.

Pay careful attention to this man’s closing remark:

May you allow the Force to guide you, (the Force is always ‘with you’)

On R. Buckminster Fuller

A unique approach to thinking about the implications and meaning(s) of ‘liberty’.

For those of you who may find the time or interest to consider the ‘worldview’ of a man who was considered to be a ‘crackpot’ by many in ‘academia’ (formal scholarship). Later in life, he was offered numerous ‘honorary’ degrees from many universities.

He often gave lectures that would last 4 hours and beyond. Most who attended were enraptured, listening to his grand, universal, and integrated ideas that tied ‘everything’ together. He was much loved and appreciated by young and old alike, wherever he spoke.

He advocated for a new branch of science. He termed it: Comprehensive Anticipatory Design Science. It has since been watered down, politicized, and renamed ‘environmental studies’.

He knew the ‘present’ by looking at the ‘past’… and thus saw the ‘future’. He was one of the 20th century’s greatest ‘visionaries’.

His thinking was (his term) omnidirectional.

http://www.theoildrum.com/node/5113

Stuff to Own

Lifestyle gadgets – what I own and use or just recommend cos I think they’re cool…

What ‘stuff’ is on your shopping list?

My Travel Stuff

I backpacked 20 months (feb 2010 to Oct 2011) as per the Travel & Career Breaks page…

So I know how to travel light with a small selection of gadgets.

  • My MacBook Air and iPad.
  • I have a great backpack from Osprey.
  • My sleep-mask and ear plugs have proven to be vital at times.
  • My special leather boots from London UK have been very comfortable and durable during my trecks around the Americas.
  • Creative vado

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Rik on Sustainable and Meaningful Living

Practice using your IMAGINATION to create your own idea of what the BEST WORLD looks like.

Share your vision with someone. Ask them to do the same. THAT is how we get there (BEST WORLD). Pass it on.

Here is an example of how ‘superabundance’ is spreading around the world.

Pay careful attention to this man’s closing remark:

May you allow the Force to guide you, (the Force is always ‘with you’)

On R. Buckminster Fuller

A unique approach to thinking about the implications and meaning(s) of ‘liberty’.

For those of you who may find the time or interest to consider the ‘worldview’ of a man who was considered to be a ‘crackpot’ by many in ‘academia’ (formal scholarship). Later in life, he was offered numerous ‘honorary’ degrees from many universities.

He often gave lectures that would last 4 hours and beyond. Most who attended were enraptured, listening to his grand, universal, and integrated ideas that tied ‘everything’ together. He was much loved and appreciated by young and old alike, wherever he spoke.

He advocated for a new branch of science. He termed it: Comprehensive Anticipatory Design Science. It has since been watered down, politicized, and renamed ‘environmental studies’.

He knew the ‘present’ by looking at the ‘past’… and thus saw the ‘future’. He was one of the 20th century’s greatest ‘visionaries’.

His thinking was (his term) omnidirectional.

http://www.theoildrum.com/node/5113

Making, Saving and Giving Away Money

Money isn’t everything…

But it ranks right up their with Oxygen!

In the book The Richest Man in Babylon, we learn 3 principles about money management, assuming about 70% of your income goes on general living expenses:

  1. Save 10%
  2. Invest 10%
  3. Give away 10% in gifts and charity

Saving

At the time of writing, December 2010, saving money does not mean putting it in a bank account.

Use crowdsourcing websites to get good deals on goods and services.

Be wary of the financial system today. Banks apparently are not too big to fail. Northern Rock in the UK and Lehman Brothers in the US are probably only the beginning of media coverage of banks falling.

What’s more, with all of the false money stimulation by governments now printing money, your currency value is being eroded… going down… being devalued.

Which means saving money must be done by choosing the medium and the location in which to store it.

Whilst I am not a qualified financial advisor and legally speaking you should take nothing I see as any kind of recommendation, and only as general entertainment… I for one am riding the commodities wave… gold and silver specifically.

Storing it in unallocated pool accounts with reliable institutions is probably as good a place to save money as ever, whilst in fact it will act as part of your investment strategy because precious metals seem to be on the up and up.

Investing

I’ve mentioned Gold and Silver.

Let me mention it again…

I have spent many hours, over many months, carefully reading financial, economic, political and investment information, newsletters, news, editorial, articles, reports, presentations, videos, etc.

And all things are pointing to the likely continued boom in precious metals – possibly in a very big way. Please investigate these opportunities asap.

See my page How I Play the Stock Market and Win.

Giving Away Money

Whether charities are your kind of thing or not, allocating 10% of your money to funding in one way or another, causes that you think are worthy and important, is dare I say it, good for the soul.

For you, it may be giving gifts to close friends and family, special gifts that help them in their aspirations and individual life adventure, perhaps supporting their education or their hobbies.

Make Money

Of course, the more you make, the more you can save, invest and SPEND! so how can you raise your income?

What I suggest is that you check out the new program called Your Wish Is Your Command and let me know that you have orderred it. I will then give you a bit of email coaching to help you clarify opportunities of making money that may work for you, and the audio program itself will open your mind to an approach to creating abundance in your life that will astound you.

Bottom Line: Making, Saving and Giving Away Money

  1. Protect what money you do have.
  2. Invest money so that your money works for you and grows.
  3. Find a way to enjoy a portion of your money regularly, particularly through contributing to people you care about.
  4. Make more money

Make a Financial Project for your overall Lifestyle Design by using the 7 Dimensions of the Creative Process.

Travel & Career Breaks

On 10 January 2006 I began 14 months of traveling in South East Asia…

…freelancing from my laptop with GPS Internet access and beach flip flops.

It was one of the best things I have ever done for my professional career too – the freelance experience, the ‘global experience’… the chance to reframe my outlook… and what an adventure!

Watch my Thailand video:

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Then, I went back to a corporate career in 2007 with a new direction and 3 years of corporate life in London.

Now, once again, in 2010, I am heading off.

Having gone through 3 jobs, from SEO Manager and Copywriter to Online Marketing Manager to Head of Marketing, I am donning a shiny new backpack and heading this time, for South America.

This time it’s flashpacking.

…a flashpacker is a ‘flashy backpacker’ – someone with a bit more cash, a bit more style, has a few extra digital gadgets, and requires a bit more comfort – than the typical view of a normal backpacker.)

More like a professional’s career break. A mini-retirement…

The picture is from Ecuador, a place called Vilcabamba, known as the Valley of Eternal Youth… Aug 2010.

As of April 2011 I’ll have visited over 12 countries in 14 months including Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicarague, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, USA and Canada.

I’ve met dozens of ex-pats… including grey haired hippies…. a guy who believes he is targeted by invisible weapons from secret factions of the US Government… an ex Marketing Director for the Church of Scientology… plus a retired Hewlett Packard Executive now building his retirement home with his own bare hands.

And how do I support myself?

Simple: I make money online with several websites. I also freelance in sales copywriting and website marketing. I’m studying ‘travel writing‘. I also invest in the stock market (gold is gorgeous but silver is best right now in my humble opinion which does not qualify as investment advice by any professional or legally recognised body 😉

It’s not easy. There’s plenty of ups and downs. But it’s fun, it’s real and I’ve proved it’s possible. You might agree that it sure beats rush-hour traffic and office politics.

A life of adventure – beyond the boundaries – pushing the envelope, and taking the highs with the lows.

Truth be told:

There is plenty of opportunity for lifestyle management, without the need for a basic job income…

You just gotta organize your life a little differently. I can show you exactly how.

I’m also deeply frustrated by how suppressed we are by those ‘inglorious basterds’ in top positions of big banks, the politicians, and beaurocrats that have caused the economic breakdown and made our money worth far less than before.

Well, perhaps we share similar views?

Disappointed and frustrated by a normal lifestyle..?

…Keen for sun, sea and adventure — that extends further than the measly 2 week holiday you are able to take from work…

…perhaps, like me, you are not afraid of the hard effort that it takes to engineer a lifestyle of experience, meaning, success and adventure.

I invite you to hook up with me, on facebook, youtube, twitter, and get a free membership on my site www.cosmicelevator.com (for career professionals, small business owners, independent entrepreneurs, flashpacker globe trotters, modern digerati, and freedom activists.)

If you have a business or budget and might want to hire me for a marketing project, see my services page.

And if we share similar views, maybe the stars will align and and we can dine together on the beaches of the world.

Gavriel

Friendship

Ancient Greece identified 3 forms of Love:

Eros (romantic love), Agape (total love) and Philos (the love of friendship).

Your friends are the companions to share life experience so consider these questions:

  • Do you spend as much time with friends as you would like?
  • Do you have the types of friends in your life that you really want?
  • Do you serve your friends in a balanced way?
  • Do you have some friends that you should get in touch with, if only to drop a quick note?
  • Do you have worthy friends for ALL important areas of your life?
  • Do you unfairly expect too much from some of your friendships?
  • What can you do to be more involved with the types of people that you would consider top quality friends?

Explore all areas of the site to find opportunity to grow your friendships.

Mind-Maps for Life

Here are your initial mind-maps for the Success-Matrix…

If you are new to the Success-Matrix, here’s a warning. These maps may seem overwhelming. They contain a lot of information, yet have no explanation to go along with them.

I suggest you simply browse them over and just give yourself some mental space to reflect on the key topics that are touched on in each mind-map.

Then, as you progress through the Success Matrix articles you will soon find that the mind-maps become highly charged tools for reviewing and planning areas of your life for greater success.

We are also working on the next versions for the maps and will then have links to relevant articles within the Success-Matrix for each mind-map.

Personal Control and Creation map:

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Happiness map

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Realms of Life map

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Lifestyle map

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Personal Development overview map

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Mental wizardry map

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Personal Notes from Bolivia

A day later and I find myself thinking for the first time ever in 10 months of travel:

‘why the heck am I still doing this?’

I thought for the first ever in 10 months of travel… standing in the midst of a manic bus station, the disorganization, the pushing and shoving and the disregard of my backpack by the station attendees, dragging it along the oily rough concrete floor…

But reaching the remote tropical village of Villa Tunari was worth it…

4 hours from Cochabamba, where, by coincindence, the 70s drug lord Sosa’s jungle mansion was set in the film scarface that happened to be playing at the restaurant where I had dinner.

…now 2 days later in another crazy bus station my bus has actually exited the station as the frantic attendee waves a clipboard at me pointing to the bus, which I must make a dash for.

The 10-hour journey some how managed to wind up at 14.5 hours.

But Santa Cruz is surprisingly nice so I’m glad I stuck to my plan to reach it despite the troubles.

With great relief of my new surroundings, a sunny open courtyard at a quiet hotel, with wifi, new tropical fruits…

…plus an uninhibited Toucan who seems fully committed to eating laptop cables…

…I can get down to work:

The global situation is… well… perplexing:

The recent Bernanke interview is extraordinary.

His nervousness is apparent, I guess due to the precipitous promontory of purgatory at which he now stands. ‘Not printing money’ he claims. “100% confident of his ability to control the US economy”, he stutters.

Europe and the US are heading for greater trouble.

…Not without Political Marketing heading deeper still into the original manipulative public relations experiments of Edward Bernay’s in the 1920s, with a new bussword now ‘Nudging’.  See Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness. I’m not judging it. I’m a marketer myself. But people should know what is going on. Survival of the smartest.

With 3.5 million views, this cartoon explanation of Quantitative Easing is a must-see:

As of 9 December 2010 for investments: Silver looks good in the medium and long-term (just my own opinion and not advice). Looks like a bit of choppy short-term volatility. Check out this Silver investment related article <<< every cloud has a silver lining.

Traveling helps one understand market opportunities, and I have investments in a couple of south america banks, plus Chinese companies although I’ve never been to China but would like to in the next couple years.

I morally support Wikileaks in exposing Governments.

This weekend I’m heading into Argentina and I look forward to it. I may have the opportunity to visit Doug Casey’s ranch, vineyards, spa, etc under development (see www.laestanciadecafayate.com)

I find myself obsessive about the stock market at present, where the news of political / economic upheaval mix with opportunities for profit…. or loss.

Back to it…

Making, Saving and Giving Away Money

Money isn’t everything…

But it ranks right up their with Oxygen!

In the book The Richest Man in Babylon, we learn 3 principles about money management, assuming about 70% of your income goes on general living expenses:

  1. Save 10%
  2. Invest 10%
  3. Give away 10% in gifts and charity

Saving

At the time of writing, December 2010, saving money does not mean putting it in a bank account.

Use crowdsourcing websites to get good deals on goods and services.

Be wary of the financial system today. Banks apparently are not too big to fail. Northern Rock in the UK and Lehman Brothers in the US are probably only the beginning of media coverage of banks falling.

What’s more, with all of the false money stimulation by governments now printing money, your currency value is being eroded… going down… being devalued.

Which means saving money must be done by choosing the medium and the location in which to store it.

Whilst I am not a qualified financial advisor and legally speaking you should take nothing I see as any kind of recommendation, and only as general entertainment… I for one am riding the commodities wave… gold and silver specifically.

Storing it in unallocated pool accounts with reliable institutions is probably as good a place to save money as ever, whilst in fact it will act as part of your investment strategy because precious metals seem to be on the up and up.

Investing

I’ve mentioned Gold and Silver.

Let me mention it again…

I have spent many hours, over many months, carefully reading financial, economic, political and investment information, newsletters, news, editorial, articles, reports, presentations, videos, etc.

And all things are pointing to the likely continued boom in precious metals – possibly in a very big way. Please investigate these opportunities asap.

See my page How I Play the Stock Market and Win.

Giving Away Money

Whether charities are your kind of thing or not, allocating 10% of your money to funding in one way or another, causes that you think are worthy and important, is dare I say it, good for the soul.

For you, it may be giving gifts to close friends and family, special gifts that help them in their aspirations and individual life adventure, perhaps supporting their education or their hobbies.

Make Money

Of course, the more you make, the more you can save, invest and SPEND! so how can you raise your income?

What I suggest is that you check out the new program called Your Wish Is Your Command and let me know that you have orderred it. I will then give you a bit of email coaching to help you clarify opportunities of making money that may work for you, and the audio program itself will open your mind to an approach to creating abundance in your life that will astound you.

Bottom Line: Making, Saving and Giving Away Money

  1. Protect what money you do have.
  2. Invest money so that your money works for you and grows.
  3. Find a way to enjoy a portion of your money regularly, particularly through contributing to people you care about.
  4. Make more money

Make a Financial Project for your overall Lifestyle Design by using the 7 Dimensions of the Creative Process.

Today’s Professional Is Globally Mobile

Are your skills transferable?

Could you hop countries within a couple months if you wanted?

Does your current CV or resume suit an international career?

In 2005, December 22, just before Christmas, I was working in London’s Canary Wharf, 4th floor from the top of the Bank of America building.

And I had just decided to buy a one way ticket to South East Asia. Thailand.

On 10th January 2006 I was up in the air, quite literally, on my plane to the Orient.

A special laptop protective backpack and a 1 year travel visa.

I just came across this travellers quote and it brought back the strong memory of me walking through the Gate at Gatwick Airport…

By a traveler named Peter Fleming who went to Xinjiang in 1935.

“He who starts on a ride of two or three thousand miles may experience, at the moment of departure, a variety of emotions. He may feel excited, sentimental, anxious, carefree, heroic, roistering, picaresque, introspective, or practically anything else; but above all he must and will feel a fool.”

And it’s soooo true.

I was leaving behind my well paid corporate London city boy lifestyle and heading off into unknown untold experience.

I freelanced whilst traveling, as a web marketer and travel writer… Running my laptop off a PCMCIA Card using a pay-as-you-go Thailand SIM card.  Slow but ok.  For faster connection I could convince the local Internet cafe to hook my laptop up to one of their computers.

Now with that 14 month travel experience behind me, it’s sad to see so many Londoners stuck in their job ruts as if mouse running a wheel in a cage.  It is they that now seem like the fool.

Knowledge is power.

And if you have the desire, you can most certainly find the opportunity to travel, or country hop into a new job.  My traveling experience and freelancing gave me the chance to improve my marketing and writing skills.

On my return I worked at an advertising agency and completely smashed their control pieces used for promoting financial products for their largest client.

Get out there. You’ll have a much bigger picture than those around you when you return… if you return. Or you might settle in greener pastures.  There’s plenty out there.

Check out my Lifestyle Alliance to join a private network of globally minded adventurers and professionals.

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